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November 30, 2010 10:10:16 PM

I had a deal and i waited too long, it was a XFX ATI 5850 w/ a XFX 650w for a total of 209USD. It sold out (haha you were right for those who answered my question on that :lol: ), and now im looking at other choices. I have been searching newegg for over an hour and a half to find a good PSU that will power my current rig, power most small upgrades (Such as more RAM, another HDD, ect), and can afford. The problem being that I can't seem to find one that fits the bill.

My Specs (Not building till Christmas)
AMD Athlon II x3 445 3.1GHz
Saphire ATI 5850
4GB Ripjaw DDR3 RAM (2x2)
2 HDD (SATA II)
1 SDD (SATA II)
2 DVD Burners

I want to OC (And i hope to unlock the 4rth core) of my CPU (To about 3.7), and hopefully have enough power to OC the 5850 later. I used a PSU calculator and found that it wanted 517 Watts Recomended without a GPU OC (The CPU OC was 3.77Ghz with 1.5 Vcore to be on the safe side :lol: ).

This sounds all good and well untill i found my budget was WAY lower than I thought (Was planning on the nice 650w). 50USD or lower BEFORE rebates (Yea sucks :(  )... And i've come to the fact that its just too hard to find something that will work. I did find a 500 Watter that might work, but i wanted to see if it WOULD with people who know PSU's more than I do :lol: .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also have a 500w Coolmax PSU, but ive been told that they suck and can forget using it for this rig...

Thanks Ahead

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November 30, 2010 11:33:23 PM

Do you think 500 will be enough for right now (Including OC?)? Its only 35 w/ rebate, so in the long run it will be cheap, and in about a year i was planning on throwing the AMD and the mobo out, and getting a Bulldozer/Sandy when they arn't 100$ overpriced :p . And i have more money lol.
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December 1, 2010 12:55:57 AM

Haha milk money is going toward Christmas :p .

That Antec has a lot of 1 Eggs :lol: . I might be able to squeze 60ish in... 70 is pushing it :) , lol 50 was pushing my wallet.

And **** the saphire went out of stock!!!!
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December 1, 2010 2:16:51 AM

I've changed me mind ;) , going with a GTX 460, WAY cheaper :) . So anything for around 60ish?
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December 1, 2010 3:27:11 AM

Well since i don't see anyone yelling DONT BUY IT DONT BUY IT DONT BUY IT :lol:  then ill assume that this will do the trick?? :p 
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December 1, 2010 3:30:21 AM

I think I'd rather get your first choice. That OCZ doesn't list how much power is available on the 12V rail(s) so its hard to know how much usable power you have. With that Corsair you have 34A. Plenty for a 5850, not enough for a CF setup though.
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December 1, 2010 3:49:12 AM

So you would stick with the Corsair 500?? Would it have enough power to power my OC of CPU and GPU?
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December 1, 2010 4:21:12 AM

Went with the Cosiar 500 Watter :)  hope i made the right desision :lol: ....
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a c 84 ) Power supply
December 1, 2010 5:30:23 AM

Yes the Corsair 500W will have enough power to not only run your CPU and GPU, but provide the power they need for any OC.

Your first CM link leads to a junk/out of date PSU. You can tell by looking at the back and see the red voltage select switch. No PFC, inefficient, and probably a junk group regulated design. The second one doesn't look that bad. Single rail that's 50A+ strong, and generally looks ok. I don't know if its got good reviews or not, but it would probably be ok.

Don't worry. The Corsair is a good unit and won't do you wrong.
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December 1, 2010 8:45:57 AM

Corsair and GTX460, good choice. :D 
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December 1, 2010 11:15:38 AM

beanoslim said:
Corsair and GTX460, good choice. :D 



ya, that's a good choice
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December 1, 2010 2:52:33 PM

4745454b said:
Yes the Corsair 500W will have enough power to not only run your CPU and GPU, but provide the power they need for any OC.

Your first CM link leads to a junk/out of date PSU. You can tell by looking at the back and see the red voltage select switch. No PFC, inefficient, and probably a junk group regulated design. The second one doesn't look that bad. Single rail that's 50A+ strong, and generally looks ok. I don't know if its got good reviews or not, but it would probably be ok.

Don't worry. The Corsair is a good unit and won't do you wrong.


So this (For 44 bucks then a 10$ mail in rebate is good?):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then I got this GTX 460:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 84 ) Power supply
December 1, 2010 2:58:00 PM

Should power that card fine.
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December 2, 2010 12:23:21 AM

I know this section is the wrong one... But will the GTX 460 be bottlenecked by my CPU?? If so will an oc fix this? Just was reading a few things....
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a c 84 ) Power supply
December 2, 2010 12:29:55 AM

No. You should be fine with the 445.
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December 4, 2010 7:40:58 PM

One last question :lol: , i have a 9600GT (The Energy Effifeint version) and was wondering if the 500 would have enough to power the 9600 for a dedicated physx card...

Also would you trust my 500 Watt Coolmax to power the GTX 460?? I want to test it but i dont want to have to take my old build apart... :lol: 
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December 4, 2010 10:44:45 PM

You'll probably be cutting it a bit close with the extra card, but you should still be ok.

Do you even play games that take advantage of a dedicated PhysX card?
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December 4, 2010 10:53:51 PM

I will be :lol:  once i get my new system :p 
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December 18, 2010 5:47:21 PM

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December 19, 2010 9:10:36 AM

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